Ohio Unviersity Leaf 36
This is a leaf from a French Book of Hours made in the middle of the fifteenth century. At 10.5 x 7 cm, this is the smallest of the 50 leaves in the Ege portfolios: each side contains just thirteen lines of text. These leaves were not separated easily; their inner margins are ragged, with scraps of the other half of the bifolium often visible. The rubrication and decoration/illumination remain vivid, sometimes overwhelming the fading text ink. See Denison University Leaf 36 for more information about this manuscript.
Text: This leaf contains text from the Hours of the Virgin at Matins, specifically the text of the hymn "Quem terra."
Ohio University Leaf 36 Recto
Quem terra, pontus, aethera, Colunt, adorant, praedicant, Trinam regentem machinam, Claustrum Mariae baiulat.
Cui Luna, Sol, et omnia, Deserviunt per tempora: Perfusa caeli gratia, Gestant puellae viscera.
Beata mater munere, Cuius supernus artifex, Mundum pugillo con
Whom earth, and sea, and eke the skies,
Adore, and worship, and declare,
As ruler of the triple frame,
The closure of Maria bare.
Whom both the Moon, the Sun and all,
Do serve in their due time and space,
A maiden's inward parts doth bear,
Bedewed with celestial grace.
Blest is the mother by this gift,
Whose womb as in a coffer held,
The maker that surmounteth all...
Ohio University Leaf 36 Verso
-tinens, Ventris sub arca clausus est.
Beata caeli nuncio, Foecunda sancto spiritu, Desideratus gentibus, Cuius per aluum fusus est.
Gloria tibi Domine, Qui natus es de virgine, Cum patre, et sancto
...Who in his hand the world doth weld.
She blessed is by heavenly news,
And fruitful by the holy Ghost,
From out whose womb was yielded forth,
Whom nations had desired most.
Glory be unto thee O Lord,
That born was of the virgin pure,
With the Father and Holy...